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Anesthesiology MOC Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pain
  • Critical Care
  • Trauma
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pediatric
  • Hematologic
  • ENT
  • Respiratory
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Systems
  • Basic Sciences
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Anesthesia Procedures
  • CNS and PNS
  • Geriatric
  • GI and Hepatic
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Obstetric
  • Ophthalmologic
  • Orthopedic
  • Plastic surgery
  • Regional Anesthesia and Special Techniques
  • Renal and Urinary
  • Special Topics (ECT, organ donors, ethics, legal)
  • Radiologic Procedures

Information About the American Board of Anesthesiology MOCA® Exam

As Part 3 of the ABA’s MOCA program, the recertification exam serves as the Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills to demonstrate the candidate’s core knowledge. This is the current standard recertification exam. However the ABA is also currently piloting MOCA Minute®, a new assessment model that requires diplomates answer 30 timed exam-style questions per quarter (a total of 1200 questions during the 10-year MOCA cycle) in lieu of the 200-question MOCA exam every 10 years.

What content is covered on the MOCA Exam?

According to the MOCA Content Outline, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Fundamental Topics in Anesthesiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Sciences: Anesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques
  • Organ-Based Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Clinical Subspecialties
  • Special Problems or Issues in Anesthesiology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Overview of Anesthesiology Topics
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology

How long is the Anesthesiology MOCA Exam?

The MOCA Exam is 4 hours long and is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQ) in single best answer format.

Stated Learning Objectives for the Anesthesiology CME Recertification

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Determine and explain the relevant anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology associated with anesthetic induction, maintenance, and emergence.
  • Determine and explain the relevant anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology associated with critical care and emergency medicine.
  • Determine and explain the relevant anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology associated with pain management.
  • Describe the medical conditions which affect anesthetic risk by organ system.
  • Identify the role of the medical management in relation to each medical condition’s effect on anesthetic risk.

Reviewing Medical Faculty

  • Joseph Baus, MD

How do I earn Anesthesiology CME / MOCA Credits?

  1. Check your state requirements for CME for where you practice.
  2. Purchase the BoardVitals Anesthesiology CME Optional Add-On.
  3. Answer questions with at least 70% accuracy (you may correct answers as you go).
  4. Redeem and submit the form and evaluation.
  5. Print your PDF certificate of completion.

*Please Note: Non-MOC hours (CME only) are self-reported. Please follow the instructions given by your board to report your CME hours. Members of the ABIM must log into their website to submit the number of hours stated on the certificate.

For full steps, view our Support Page on Redeeming CME Hours.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Anesthesiology CME info found here.